Lightroom 4 (and 5) Import mistakes logical partition for memory card

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I use a truecrypt drive on my computer. When I switch to LR Import and I do not have a memory card in the reader, it always picks this drive and scannes it for images. This process, which imo cannot be aborted, takes very long with that "drive" since it has hunderds of folders. The program becomes unresponsive.

It would be good if that process can be aborted with ESCAPE.
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Does it help to turn off the LR preference to auto-detect memory card has been inserted?

I had LR detecting various "removable storage" devices as memory cards, including my phone and an external 1 terabyte drive, so had to turn this preference off.
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Thanks, but I have that turned off anyway. My problem comes up when I select the Import dialog what I always do manually. In case I really have a memory card it correctly finds and opens it, but if now, well I then have to wait 5min until it has scanned that truecrypt device (or I do an CTRL+ALT+DELETE to shoot down LR :)

The problem is that it is (or seems to be) impossible to deactivate the feature "include all subdirectories", once that has been switched on.
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Include Subfolders is a checkbox at the bottom of the list of import locations when you click the double-headed arrow to the right of Select Source at the top left; however, when a memory card is detected, that memory card is automatically switched to and a scan started for photos, mostly a convenience if it truly is just a memory card, with the Include Subfolders enabled and that option grayed out so you cannot deselect it.

If LR is detecting a “normal” hard-drive as a memory card and initiates an all-folders deep-scan for photos that cannot be stopped, and cannot be configured to not happen, then I agree it is a big problem.

I can see the same problem if I open the Import panel with a flash-drive inserted somewhere in my computer--an automatic scan of this flash drive is started as soon as the Import panel is open. If I have many files on it, then it takes some time.

What Adobe could do is put up a Cancel button, or have an option in the Import panel not to Auto Scan memory cards when the Import panel is opened, so for people with another device that is being detected as a memory card they can undo a minor convenience and avoid a major headache. Adobe could also do a more precise detection of a camera memory card, by checking for DCIM in the root folder or only scanning below such a folder or some other not perfect but not overly aggressive detection that won't makes mistakes and deep-scan something with as many files as a hard-drive.

I almost always drag-and-drop onto LR’s main Library area to initiate an import, rather than opening the Import panel, and I also never import from my camera memory card, choosing instead of copy the files via an OS-level copy function and using the Add type of Import, so have avoided your situation.
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I clicked the +1 under your post because I agree this is a problem.